Carrick on Shannon has been named the unofficial Hen Party capital of Ireland from the Irish Independent and the Irish Rail (that wisely banned alcohol on the Dublin to Sligo line). As the army of the Ladies in Pink descends once more towards this petite romantic town, here are a few things to keep you Hen Crews busy.
Tear the town
Secrets will be spilt, bonds will be created and tears of joy will be shed. As the words of the song says “1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 drink” does that sound familiar? You can start at Murtagh’s bar with a welcome “refreshment”, leave your bags and night dresses in one of the local hotels then argue about where the surprise male stripper Carrick on Shannon is going to take place.
Then you can take the girls, girls, girls, to the dance floors of the Basement Club. Drinking sensibly was never on the Hen Parties for Dummies book. Not that the book exists either.
Check your credit card balance, plot with the rest of the Carrick on Shannon Hen Party crew about the list of the gifts for the wife to be and then take the fellow Hens to a good old fashioned shopping spree. Carrick is less costly than Dublin or Cork and is home to a few special boutiques such as Kabuki and the Leitrim Design House. Go super posh and hire a personal buyer to be your eyes and ears in this emotional endeavor.
Home to a picturesque marina and river boats Carrick is ideal for leaving the safety of the green grass of Ireland and taking a tour of the Shannon River. From booze cruises to full day excursions you will be able to enjoy the amazing scenery with or without the party bang. Why not hire a crew of well built sailors and let them entertain you on board. Yes, I mean a full stripogram on board with the Hunks in (no) trunks.
Active Hens, smartphone in hand
The Shannon blueway is the one stop shop for all the Hens that venture the road less travelled. Walking, cycling, canoeing, and the calories will fly. Head for Dromahair to combine natural beauty with ancient historical sites such as the ruins of the O’Rourke Castle, Kings of Breifne. A bit further out you can explore Drumshanbo and Lough Allen, areas of exceptional beauty. If you want to avoid those sore muscles the next day, Carrick on Shannon is full of amazing sites; Carrick Castle, Derrycarne Wood and the Lough Rynn Estate are equipped with photo opportunities and the obligatory bar in the vicinity.
Those of you feisty Hens that have a few years of Gaelic Football under your belt will enjoy this most. This master-class in laughter, bonding and silliness will get you right into the Carrick on Shannon Hen Party mood.
Bouncing castle parties
There is always that moment that the adults hijack the bouncy castle from the kids. Guaranteed to wake up the naughty child in you, this activity is another less tried ritual that allows the good mood to settle in without a hefty bar bill …while still in the Hen Party costume. Accompanied by your music of choice the question is: How high can you jump?
Chocolate master class
The thing with cookery classes is that afterwards you look at what you created and you go: Really, do I have to eat this? So, off you go to one of the main restaurants having learned only how to mess a kitchen. That’s why a chocolate master class always makes the ladies smile and it is worth the buck and the patience. Just do it before you hit the town. Chocolate and hangovers are not the best of friends, not even for well trained Hens.
Dance Classes/ Strip Tease Classes
Forget those shabby dance moves, get your groove on, and learn how to shake your booty from the best. DanceFix Ireland will lend you a helping hand and next thing your video is on YouTube. For a spicier version, strip tease, taught by professionals will make the wedding night unforgettable for the happy couple…. and those single Hens that will take the lead in the mating rituals to come .
Men of substance bare and fair… for hire. The cherry on the pie or the last straw. The Hen Night without Male Strippers is like ….. well, a Hen Night without Male Strippers. Let these seasoned performers take you on a journey of sensations. Become part of the fantasy, let the bride-to-be go wild and take those selfies you have been waiting for.
Now, good night and don’t let the Hens bite.